Monday, October 23, 2017

1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the Lord God Almighty (El-Shaddai); walk before me faithfully and be perfect. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” - Genesis 17:1-2
Last night I watched the Dove Awards and Hillsong’s Worship “What a Beautiful Name” was named Song of the Year. Kari Jobe said it could become an anthem of the church. One part of it goes like this: You have no rival, You have no equal, Now and forever, Our God reigns, Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory, Yours is the Name above all names, What a powerful Name it is, What a powerful Name it is, The Name of Jesus Christ my King, What a powerful Name it is, Nothing can stand against, What a powerful Name it is, The Name of Jesus. When Abraham was ninety-nine years old and being called to be the father of a nation, literally and spiritually, God made the same declaration about himself in one word, El-Shaddai. To state the literal meaning of this one word I would use the sentence, God is our all-powerful and all-sufficient sustainer. When God identified himself to Abraham as the Lord God Almighty, the entirety of meaning flooded through his mind. And it needed to. Advanced in age and a barren wife seemed to make his calling impossible. Many people, and you may be included, are facing impossibility of some type. There seems to be no way out of a situation. There seems to be no way out of hurt and pain. Whatever your impossibility looks like, hear the words echo in your heart and mind that Abraham heard and know what God did for Abraham He can do for you. All-powerful. All-sufficient.
Heavenly Father, we declare to the heavens you are the Lord God Almighty. Show yourself to each of us as the all-powerful and all-sufficient God. You indeed have no rival or equal and we pronounce that over our life. We may not be able to fathom how you will work but we have faith you will. In the name of Jesus we go knowing you will lead us with power and might. And it is in his name we pray. Amen.